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Old 12-31-2015, 01:13 PM   #1
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Noob with silly question - emergency exit windows

Hi! We just bought a 174BH. Two windows are marked Emergency Exit Only, and the dealer said not to open them because it would break the seal. I would like to open them for a bit more ventilation but I'm afraid I will break something if I do. Funny thing is, they both have screens on them as if they are meant to be opened. Why would Emergency Exit windows have screens if they were not meant to be opened? Thanks for your guidance.

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Old 12-31-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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There is no problem using those windows for ventilation. There is a screen over it is there not? What would be the point of a screen if the window was not to be used?

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Old 12-31-2015, 01:44 PM   #3
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I use mine all the time. It's not pretty seeing me crawl in and out of the trailer through it though!
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:02 PM   #4
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Have always used mine for ventilation. I was told by the dealer that if you push them out to far they will drop to the ground, allowing you an easier escape. I suppose the screen would have to be removed to push it that far, have never attempted that.
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:05 PM   #5
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Absolutely, you can use them for ventilation, if they have screens.

As for your dealer's advice, forget it. But I wonder how much other bogus advice they gave you!

And there are no silly questions here. You will get experienced people answering your questions here. Some are admonishments based on personal preference, but most are from plain hard facts - and "been there - done that - earned the merit badge" experience.


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Old 12-31-2015, 02:43 PM   #6
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Just a thought, I'm wondering if the dealer was referring to the actual emergency feature of the window? I believe the entire window assembly will pop out if used in the fashion intended for an emergency, thus breaking the "seal" around the window. Possibly fudging up the butyl tape or whatever they are using these days to seal the window assemblies in at the factory. So, he may just be saving you the hassle of reinstalling the assembly carefully as to insure a leak free window once again. Or, I may be wrong. It should open normally as all the other windows do, but has an added feature.

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Old 12-31-2015, 02:43 PM   #7
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We have one like that in the bedroom. Just be aware that if propped open in a strong wind, that the window pane can blow open completely. Unlike the crank-style tilt-out windows, there is nothing to stop it from blowing farther open.

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Old 12-31-2015, 02:57 PM   #8
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Ok, thanks for all your help! Now for an even sillier question - what is the correct way to open them without having them pop out? There is some kind of arm on the right side and a red button on the left. Should I unhook the arm and press out a bit? They don't slide like my other windows.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:43 PM   #9
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I believe that is the same latch mechanism I have in my 195RB Baja. To use them for ventilation you lift the red end of the handle up from it's little cradle and swing the arm out. Then you can push the arm out which will open the window. There is a notch that will catch just before the red end reaches the window frame. That's were you leave it for ventilation use. You remove the screen and keep pushing the red end out through the frame to use it as an emergency exit. Be careful not to twist too much on the arm when it's extended or it may start bending. We open ours all the time when camping in nice weather.
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:53 PM   #10
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I use ours for ventilation. I am wondering if it is normal for the little arms to be curved.

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